Havana Found

Today President Obama announced the United States will resume full diplomatic relations with Cuba. I believe this is a positive move and long overdue.

What are the issues? Here’s a summary from my advocacy of this move last year:

Should We Help End Cuba’s Special Period?”

What is it like to live in a country where the government has been accused of torture, fickle application of the law to imprison citizens, unfair courts, repression of journalists, and a huge prison system? I’m not talking about the United States—in case you thought I was—I’m talking about Cuba. read more…

Max Keiser

Power Moves: US-Cuba Deal Isolates And Weakens Russia

Lurking behind the mainstream media’s portrayal of a diplomatic victory lies the real story. On the surface it appears as if the Obama administration has finally done some needed landscaping on its backyard but this is more of a vehicle to remove allies from Russia and damage it economically. The Ruble is in free fall after the oil cartel took a hit albeit most likely a temporary one to damage its rivals. The most powerful government agency you have never heard of the Office of Foreign Assets Control has used sanctions like the most deadliest weapon on Putin associates and oil conglomerates. Cuba has deep relations with Russia going back decades and has much to offer the US otherwise there would be no reason for any relations.

BlackListed News

The ‘Shape-Shifting Sheik’ and the ‘Sydney Siege’

‘Another embarrassing chapter has unfolded for Western intelligence and security communities in the wake of the so-called “Sydney Siege.” The suspect named by the media as “Man Haron Monis” also has gone by the names “Manteghi Boroujerdi” and “Mohammad Hassan Manteghi” and was an individual now confirmed to have long been on the radar of the Australian government, media, law enforcement, and court system since his arrival on Australian shores almost two decades ago.

In Iran, mostly I have been involved with the Ministry of Intelligence and Security. Claiming he was a “lone wolf” attacker whose violence and extremism could not have been foreseen is betrayed by an extensive criminal record including murder, preceded by the suspicious circumstances that brought him to Australia to begin with.’

Read more: The 'Shape-Shifting Sheik' and the 'Sydney Siege'

David Icke

Interview 982 – The Asia-Pacific Perspective with Broc West

Welcome back to The Asia-Pacific Perspective, that monthly show where James Corbett of corbettreport.com and Broc West of apperspective.net break down all the latest news and headlines from the Asia-Pacific region. In this month’s conversation:

STORY 1: Sydney Hostage Crisis
Sydney siege gunman was known to Australian authorities
http://ur1.ca/j5gab
Australian Defense Forces Conducted Terror Drills In Exact Location Of Sydney Siege 1 Year Before
http://ur1.ca/j5gal
Who Created Cartoon Character “Man Haron Monis” Behind “Sydney Siege” Circus?
http://ur1.ca/j5gax
Queensland police ordered onto streets in response to Martin Place siege
http://ur1.ca/j5gb3
Government to outlaw ASIO torture (for now)
http://ur1.ca/j5gba

STORY 2: G20 Update/Wrap-up
G20 Brisbane: final communique lists 800 measures for economic growth
http://ur1.ca/j5gbf
New G20 Rules: Cyprus-style Bail-ins to Hit Depositors AND Pensioners
http://ur1.ca/j5gbh
Thousands march in response to the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane, mainstream media exposed
http://ur1.ca/j5gbo

STORY 3: Japanese elections or Asia-Pacific 2015 Predictions?
Voter turnout was terrible, but Abe still claims mandate with LDP-Komeito victory
http://ur1.ca/j5gbx
Novelty party in Hokkaido shows that 105,000 voters want ‘none of the above’
http://ur1.ca/j5h3n

ASIA-PACIFIC UPDATES
Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill ‘patriotism’ in schools
http://ur1.ca/j5gcl
Japan’s Controversial Secrecy Law Comes Into Effect
http://ur1.ca/j5gc7
British Researcher Blasts U.N. Report on Fukushima Cancer Risk As Unscientific
http://ur1.ca/j5gd8
Fukushima makes pitch to host some 2020 Olympic events
http://ur1.ca/j5gdy

The Corbett Report

Did Raul Just Reverse The Entire Cuban Revolution?

Raul Castro may have potentially made a fatal mistake that risks destroying everything the Cuban Revolution built over the past half century. By entering into a deal with the US, he’s letting the wily Color Revolution fox into the hen house, and he’s also betraying his multipolar Russian ally at the same time. Havana and Washington […]

Oriental Review